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Farid Bang, whose real name is Farid Hamed El Abdellaoui, is a German rapper with Spanish and Arabic roots. His music belongs to the gangsta rap style. Farid lives in Düsseldorf and has been releasing his music on his own label “Banger Musik” since 2014. Before founding his own label, he was under contract with “German Dream”. In the meantime, a total of four of his albums have been indexed by the federal testing agency for media harmful to young people.
Farid was born on June 4th in a Spanish enclave called Melilla. His mother has Moroccan roots but grew up in Germany, while Farid’s father was born and raised in Morocco. Farid grew up in the Andalusian city of Torremolinos until he was eight years old, before moving to Düsseldorf with his mother. Due to this fact, Farid has Spanish and German citizenship. In Düsseldorf he attended the Pempelfort secondary school and finished his schooling with a secondary school certificate. At the age of 19, Farid gained his first experience as a rapper. He was inspired by his then friend Tekken. Through his longtime friend, the rapper Summer Cem, he came into contact with Eko Fresh, who brought Farid Bang onto his label “German Dream” shortly afterwards.
Under the initial stage name “Farid Urlaub” (a reference to the singer of the Ärzte Farin Urlaub), the rapper appeared on various tracks by Eko Fresh in 2005. A year later the debut album entitled “Ghetto Kodex” was to be released, but that was never implemented. Instead, Farid Bang’s first album was released in 2008 under the title “Asphalt Massaka”, but without any great financial success. In the period after the release of his debut, Farid made a name for himself as a battle rapper and was featured on various disstracks against the Berlin label “Aggro Berlin”. In 2012, Farid’s album Banger Live Shorter was indexed for glorification of violence and misogyny. In the same year, his fourth solo album “The Last Day of Your Life” was released, which reached number 3 in the German album charts. In 2013, the collabo album “Jung brutally handsome 2” followed together with Kollegah, which was able to position itself at number 1 in the charts. In retrospect, the collaboration album went gold for over 100,000 units sold. Farid made a brief appearance in all three parts of the film series “Fack ju Ghoete”. Furthermore, he contributed the song “Creed” to the German soundtrack of the film “Creed – Rocky’s Legacy”.
In terms of pure solo albums, the album “Killa” is considered Farid’s most successful work to date. He received a gold record for selling more than 100,000 units. The album “Asphalt Massaka 3” was also able to stay at number 1 in the German album charts for several weeks. The collaboration series with Kollegah “Jung brutally handsome” represents Farid Bang’s most successful musical works to date. The second part of the series received a gold disc in Germany and Austria and sold over 150,000 copies. The most successful part of the series was JBG3. With over 200,000 units sold, the album was even certified platinum, but this had to be revised due to the indexing.
“Rappers talk about G’s protecting them with guns
They are not divers but only have tanks on their backs”
– Farid Bang
“I was like religion, not everyone believed in me”
– Farid Bang
In his youth, Farid went to a dance school with some friends. Three of his friends feigned interest in dancing while Farid meanwhile stole the valuables. They repeated this process several times before finally being caught. At the age of 16, Farid was also invited to a talk show by Oliver Geissen. There he was to comment on his various women’s stories.